Composer, Pianist, Writer, Teacher
WELCOME to the 2020 edition of robertgansmusic.com! I Hope you are well!
COMPOSITION & RECORDINGS: The new recordings of Love Dance and Crossing The River from Blue Ballet Suite recorded by members of the Ergon Ensemble in Athens, Greece have been submitted to the 2020 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award competition. I have recorded the first and second movements on piano and may go into the recording studio as soon as conditions allow me to get some initial feedback from Director of The Portland Ballet.
The Presence of That Absence, my new album of eight songs written and recorded during the last four months has just been copyrighted. The first two releases, The Ocean and I Can't See Your Face are available to hear by clicking on the Soundcloud button below. Further details are available on my blog.
POETRY: There is a set of eight new poems I've written entitled 2020 VISIONS on the poetry page.
PLAYS: Two very fun, informative and successful readings of Debussy's Daughter and Cleopatra's Tomb held last June demonstrated that both these plays really work! My thanks to a great group of actors who did a tremendous job bringing the characters to life. Play submissions are on hold while theaters are closed due to the coronavirus.
PUBLISHING AND SYNC: Eraser Music is my ASCAP affiliated publishing company recently created for the purpose of marketing my music to the metadata driven film and TV sync market.
PIANO: My current active piano repertoire consists of pieces by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Michel Legrand and myself as I begin to look at the next generation of pieces I plan to tackle which includes Ravel and Gershwin.
MUSIC EDUCATION: In person lessons at the Portland Conservatory are scheduled to resume on September 8th with personal protective gear in place.
My music is available online at the following links:
COMMENTS BY LISTENERS AND CRITICS
"Thank you so much for your great performance. We really enjoyed it." - Opus 1 Music Studio
"I enjoyed Robert Gans' performance of his own Dreamscapes...virtuoso pieces in a neo-romantic style that has deep roots in American music... Gans is at his best when most daring." - Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald
"Your playing is fantastic and the selection of pieces is wonderful. I will be buying more of your CDs."
"Thanks so much for sharing your orchestra compositions with me. They are amazing pieces. They really should be heard."
"Soundscape for piano and Rhapsodic Variations played by the composer, showed that the romantic style is alive and well at the conservatory." - Portland Press Herald
"The Streets of Portland is a fun filled nod to the Victorian era and Irish culture with enhancing musical accompaniment by composer Robert Gans." - Portland Press Herald